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alli sunshine
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   Posted 3/13/2010 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I am still trying to figure out this puzzle of my health stuff. Quick recap- positive ana (1:640), Raynaud's, anemia, joint pain, gastroparesis and chronic stomach inlamation, family history of RA. Sent to a rheumy who did DNA testing and said no lupus but said I could be brewing something in the future. Last week I went to an orthopedic surgeon to talk about some back trouble I am having. My spine is fused T3-L2 due to Scheurmann's kyphosis. He was checking several things and said that I was very hyperreflexive in my arms and also had a positive Hoffman's sign in my hands. He did an MRI of my cervical spine, which has come back negative for tumors, etc. He is sending me to a neurologist to try to figure out what is causing these symptoms. I do have pain in my arms and tingling in my hands, which is probably all related to the hyperreflexia. My question is, does lupus or other autoimmune diseases cause neurological symptoms such as these? I am just trying to find a cause for this.

Thanks for any info.

nasalady
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   Posted 3/13/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi alli,

Lupus, MS, and celiac disease are among the best known autoimmune diseases that can cause neurological symptoms. Another frequent culprit (not an autoimmune disease) is Lyme disease, which is far easier to catch than most people (including 99% of doctors) realize. Lyme disease can also cause a boatload of neurological problems.

Many of us have spent months or even years trying to get a diagnosis....I know it's frustrating, and I feel for you. It's very stressful to have something wrong but not to know exactly WHAT is causing it!

There are many forums on this board and I have frequented most of them at one time or another, LOL! You don't have to have a firm diagnosis to become part of most of the groups here; there are some very wise and understanding people here who can really help you through the bad times.

I really hope you find some answers to your puzzle soon.....take care!
((((((hugs))))))
JoAnn
Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, AIH, Hashimoto's, lupus, fibro, RA, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Raynaud's, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, RLS, GERD, DDD, L3-4 and L4-5 radiculopathy -> severe lower back pain, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel, Doxycycline, Zithromax, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec, CPAP

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Post Edited (nasalady) : 3/13/2010 7:14:33 PM (GMT-7)


nasalady
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   Posted 3/13/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
P.S. Here are a few helpful links:

Lupus Neurology

Celiac Neurology

Understanding MS

Lyme Neurology

Hyperreflexia in Lyme Disease

Hyperreflexia in Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Hyperreflexia in Celiac Disease

Hyperreflexia in MS (NOTE: very common)
Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, AIH, Hashimoto's, lupus, fibro, RA, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Raynaud's, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, RLS, GERD, DDD, L3-4 and L4-5 radiculopathy -> severe lower back pain, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel, Doxycycline, Zithromax, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec, CPAP

autoimmunediseasesgfliving.blogspot.com

Post Edited (nasalady) : 3/13/2010 8:35:10 PM (GMT-7)

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